GAO: States Vary In How They Document Long-Term Care Eligibility
Modern Healthcare: Variation Noted In Medicaid Eligibility Screening For Long-Term-Care Coverage
States vary in how they document financial eligibility for Medicaid long-term-care coverage and no state had adopted an electronic asset verification system as of late 2011, the Government Accountability Office said. In a letter to Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), the federal watchdog agency said its 2011 survey of state Medicaid programs sought information on documentation and third-party verification for 13 types of assets widely used to determine eligibility for Medicaid long-term-care coverage, which financed nearly half of U.S. long-term-care costs in 2010 (Evans, 8/27).